Coffee 101 at Coffee Con in LA!

Entering the LA Mart I was so excited to see hundreds of people talking with coffee purveyors and socializing with other coffee aficionados. The Coffee Connoisseur  – Kevin Sinnott invited me to check out this day of celebration of coffee. Fans sampled fresh brewed hot and cold coffee from a variety of roasted beans throughout the…

Interview with Mrs. Patmore of Downton Abbey

Yesterday when I entered the Shrine Exposition Theatre for a preview of the Screen Actors Guild gala awards ceremony, I noticed the talented actress Lesley Nicol. She plays the adorable, no-nonsense cook whipping up elegant dishes for the aristocratic Crawley family. Mrs. Patmore rules the kitchen staff and has a motherly relationship with her kitchen helper,…

FREE Southern California Museum Day is Saturday, January 30

Mark your calendar to attend as many of the 20+ museums in Los Angeles that are opening their doors to the public FREE OF CHARGE this Saturday. Instead of driving, some of the museums are near a metro stop. Museums Free-for-All has partnered with Metro, offering discounts to visitors exploring participating museums. Click on metro.net/discounts to…

Innovative Products for 2016

I was excited to attend the Consumer Products event held at the JW Marriott Le Merigot in Santa Monica. It’s an opportunity to meet some innovative entrepreneurs and see the products that have created to sell to the public. Here are some of the people I met and products I learned about – COCOFLOSS –…

Made in Taiwan

Taiwan was named “Formosa” by 16th century European explorers, which in Portuguese means “beautiful island,” and “finely formed.” It’s the “Hawaii” of China in a sub-tropic region with mild and balmy seasons. The average temperature is in the mid 70s. With a population of more than 23.44 million people, the residents of the island are known…

Authentic Italian Cuisine – The Factory Kitchen

My first meal dining out in 2016 was terrific! New Years Day is sometimes a difficult evening to dine out, because many restaurants are closed after serving a celebratory New Years Eve multi-course dinner beyond midnight. Servers, General Managers and chefs are tired and unenthusiastic to work on the first day of a new year….

Back to the Roots – Urban Gardens and More

Walking into the JW Marriott Le Merigot Hotel in Santa Monica, I entered one of the ballrooms near the pool. Inside were some fascinating entrepreneurs presenting their new products to the media. Nakhil Arora caught my attention with his Back to the Roots products. I learned that this Oakland based Company got started by two…

William Shatner & Wells Fargo Present Checks to Charities

Not only is William Shatner, one of America’s most versatile television stars, he is the CEO of the Hollywood Charity Horse Show and generous philanthropist. Shatner along with David DiCristofaro, Wells Fargo LA Metro/Orange County Regional Bank President, and Jonathan Weedman, Senior Vice President Wells Fargo Foundation recently invited 25 charities to a gifting ceremony…

What’s In The 2016 Golden Globes Style Lounge

Shortly before the Golden Globes Award Show, talent, nominees and a few media people are invited to attend the ultimate luxury Red Carpet Style Lounge at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. It’s a feast for the eyes with a ballroom filled with skin and hair care products, clothing, jewelry, hair brushes, children’s products and…